Well, I skinned out my first fox today, the one I got 2 days ago. We let it hang for a couple of days to dry out, as it was all wet and muddy. Then my brother and I started skinning. Everything went well, even the ears. Only hiccup was the eyes. Well, and maybe the ears. Read online that the cartilage had to come out of the ears, so we gave it a try. I think we did it right. We started about a 1/4 inch too early on the eyes, so both the eyes have a couple of new "eye brows". Other than that, we did pretty good. Next we started fleshing. We made our own beam out of a 2x6, which I think is too big for a fox. We couldn't get the fox down the beam past the shoulders. I think a 2x4 would work better. I think we got most of the flesh and fat (there wasn't much). Gave the pelt a good bath using baby shampoo. Sewed up the bullet hole, and slid it on the stretcher that we made after David Duncan's pic of his adjustable one. Worked pretty good for just guessing on the shape. Seemed to be good everywhere except the neck area, which was a tad loose. I think we will buy some stretcher boards to make sure we have the right shape. Hung the fur in the basement for tonite because it's so dry down there to help get the extra moisture out. Will put it outside in the garage tomorrow where it's a bit cooler.Questions: 1. Do you normally sew the eyes shut - or leave them be?2. Any certain kind of thread? I used heavy cotton.3. How much fleshing is normally done around the head area?4. Any ideas, tips, or suggestions?Did I do anything that I shouldn't have? Did I not do something that I should have? Thanks.